A Christian coach winning the Super Bowl…

What’s next a Christian President of the United States? Since the Super Bowl was last night I feel obligated to make some Super Bowl commentary. I was listening to the Super Bowl celebration when Tony Dungy, the Colts coach, was given the microphone. He said he was more proud of being a Christian coach than being the first black man to coach the Super Bowl champions. I think it is wonderful that he is proud of his religion but I’m not sure it trumps his historic victory. I understand that it shouldn’t be a big deal for a black coach to win the Super Bowl but I do think he dismissed the significance too quickly. Halle Berry understood the significance when she won the oscar for best actress some years ago. Hopefully in a few years time it won’t matter, with sports, acting or politics. But a first is a first and should be acknowledged as such. Congratulations to coach Dungy and the Colts.

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  • whoa, it’s 10:45 in the evening on sunday, and this post says you put it up tomorrow. how’s that possible???

  • So exactly what is the problem? I am not inside his head, but here’s a possible reason for Dungy’s recognition of his faith. Perhaps he wasn’t dismissing the significance, but having experienced the colossal tragedy of losing a son to suicide, maybe his faith has been paramount in sustaining him.

    As a black person, I am proud of the historic significance of last night, but good grief, I don’t need anyone to script for me how I should express my pride.

  • The time difference is a glitch with new blogger so that it posts in dcblogs live feed correctly.

    Secondly, I’m certainly not telling any viewer how to express their pride. I’m saying it is more than pride, it is an historical event. I do take what you say about the loss of his son. That is fair. All I’m saying is that he dismissed the significance immediately without even a word about it. But I did not fully think about the suicide of his son. But then again it is all in context. He was explicitly asked about the signficance. I think he could have said something about it and then quickly turned the subject to his faith. My concern is that he didn’t address the issue at all. I’m not scripting how you should express your pride, I’m scripting how Dungy should express something about the significance.

  • Is it a concern because you have acknowledged the significance and in his not doing so, perhaps he seemed ungrateful?

  • I don’t believe he seemed ungrateful. I do think that anonymous is probably correct in his thinking about his deceased son. I just think it is worth celebrating and acknowledging the historical significance. I do not think it has anything to do with gratitude.

  • Maybe he is celebrating in a poignant and private way, although it is not what some members of public expect.

    (I am female & I contributed both of the preceding anonymous comments)

  • Ooops..last comment was an inadvertent paste from my other anonymous blogging on a sports forum…some harmless male vs. female banter about understanding football

  • Many of you will not be surprised that I am less than swift. I just read this quote from the New York Times sports:

    “I tell you what, I’m proud to be representing African-American coaches, to be the first African-American coach to win this,” Dungy said. “It means an awful lot to our country. But again, more than anything, I said it before, Lovie Smith and I, not only the first two African-Americans, but Christian coaches showing you can win doing it the Lord’s way. We’re more proud of that.”

    Therefore, I apologize. I guess I tuned in late to only hear the second part.

    So how about that cool house posted below?

  • I was a bit taken aback by the presumptions in Dungy’s comment. Mostly because the majority of people in America are Christian, so I think it is fair to assume that many other Christian coaches have gone to or won the Super Bowl. Just because they didn’t announce it after the game, certainly doesn’t mean they didn’t win “the Lord’s way.” Besides it’s African-American who have suffered discrimination in this country and kept out of coaching and front office positions for years, not Christians. That’s why it’s more significant. Duh.

  • Well said Lynn, as always other people often articulate thoughts far better than I. Appreciate your comments.

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